The Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides two potential policy roadmaps to halve U.S. child poverty in the next 10 years. The first policy package expands existing programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), increases SNAP benefits by 35 percent, and increases the number of housing vouchers for families with children. The second policy package has a few more components, both expanding existing programs and instituting new policies. In addition to expanding the EITC and CTC, the second package would also raise the federal minimum wage to $10.25, eliminate 1996 restrictions that limiting social safety net eligibility among legal immigrants, and begin both a child allowance program that pays monthly benefits ($225 per child per month) and child support assurance that guarantees minimum monthly child support payments. #workforce
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